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A&E

The Fight for Selma

The Fight for Selma

Local activist recounts her experiences in the most violently segregated county in Alabama during the civil rights movement

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A&E

Santa Gets Real

Santa Gets Real

In a rare interview, pop-up artist of the year Santa Claus reveals what he really thinks of reindeer

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A&E

This Could Be Our Year

This Could Be Our Year

Get off on the good foot for 2015 with our guide to New Year’s Eve events

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Literature

The Bowers That Be

The Bowers That Be

New book recounts a buddhist pilgrimage that encountered craziness of all types—especially in Santa Cruz

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A&E

Jewel in Town

Jewel in Town

Ann Wasserman crafts jewelry from gold, silver, freshly blown glass and stingray skin

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Literature

Make It Write

Make It Write

A book lover’s guide to local authors whose work will make great gifts this season

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A&E

Be our Guest: Mike Birbiglia

Be our Guest: Mike Birbiglia

Win tickets to comedian, Mike Birbiglia's show at The Rio Theatre on Sunday

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Big Music

Big Music

Researcher Joy Reidenberg explores why and how whales sing at UCSC talk

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Comedy Underdog

Comedy Underdog

Mike Birbiglia takes stand-up beyond jokes

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Sudden Movement

Sudden Movement

Shannon Cullem-Chipman’s wild life helps her bring ‘Nutcracker’ to life

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Gate Openers

Up-and-coming artists like Ryan Bingham are a great reason to show up early to the Santa Cruz American Music Festival

 

Gemini Sun, Pentecost, Shavuot—Enlightenment and Gladness

As the sun enters Gemini on Sunday, sign of speaking, communication, thinking, inter-relations, writing and understanding languages, the feast days of Pentecost & Shavuot (Catholic and Jewish festivals) occur. During Pentecost’s 50 days after Easter, tongues of fire appear above the heads of the disciples, providing them with the ability to understand all languages and all feelings hidden in the minds and hearts of humanity. It’s recorded that Pentecost began with a loud noise, which happened in an upper room (signifying the mind). The Christ (World Teacher) told his disciples (after his ascension) when encountering a man at a well carrying a water pot (signs for Age of Aquarius) to follow him to an upper room. There, the Holy Spirit (Ray 3 of Divine Intelligence) would overshadow them, expand their minds, give them courage and enable them to teach throughout the world, speaking all languages and thus able to minister to the true needs of a “seeking” humanity. Pentecost (50 days, pentagram, Ray 5, Venus, concrete and scientific knowledge, the Ray of Aquarius) sounds dramatic, impressive and scary: The loud noise, a thunderous rush of wind and then “tongues of fire” above the heads of each disciple (men and women). Fire has purpose. It purifies, disintegrates, purges, transforms and liberates (frees) us from the past. This was the Holy Spirit (Ray 3, love and wisdom) being received by the disciples, so they would teach in the world and inform humanity of the Messiah (Christ), who initiated the new age (Pisces) and gave humanity the new law (adding to the 10 Commandments of the Aries Age) to Love (Ray 2) one another. Note: Gemini is also Ray 2. Shavuot is the Jewish Festival of Gladness, the First Fruits Festival celebrating the giving of the 10 Commandments to Moses as the Aries Age was initiated. Thus, we have two developmental stages here, Jewish festival of the Old Testament. Pentecost of the New Testament. We have gladness, integrating both.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Off Her Meds

Kristin Wiig runs wild—and transcends her sketch comedy roots—as a truly strange character ‘Welcome to Me’
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Soquel Vineyards

If Soquel Vineyards partners Peter and Paul Bargetto and Jon Morgan were walking down the street wearing their winning wine competition medals, you’d hear them coming from a mile away. This year was particularly rewarding for the Bargettos and Morgan—they won two Double Gold Medals and five Gold Medals at January’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

 

Enlightened Flavors

Squash & Blossom’s artisanal alternative-flour delights, beet kvass from Cafe Ivéta, and the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival